Baseball is one of Taiwan’s most anticipated events, but Chinese Taipei lost to France 4:3 despite Yen Ching Lu’s 6 shutout innings and Chih Chieh Su’s RBI double.
The starting lineup in Chinese Taipei’s opener Sunday:
- Chung Ting Chen (3B)
- Cheng Tang Wang (CF)
- Chung Yu Chen (RF)
- Chih Chieh Su (LF)
- Chieh Jui Wu (2B)
- Kuo Chen Fan (1B)
- Ming Hsun Chang (C)
- Kuang Yu Shih (DH)
- Li Lin (SS)
P Yen Ching Lu
Both pitchers threw shutout innings until the top of the fifth, when a pair of 2-out singles by Chung Ting Chen and Cheng Tang Wang put men on first and third. Chung Yu Chen stepped up and drove in his brother Chung Ting Chen with a RBI single and gave Chinese Taipei the lead. Lu tossed a scoreless inning in the bottom of the fifth with 2 strikeouts to preserve the 1:0 advantage.
With one out in the top of the 8th, Chung Yu Chen singled and took off– stealing second and advancing to third at the same time due to a wild pitch. Su then ripped a double into right field, allowing Chen to score, doubling the Chinese Taipei lead. After a Chieh Jui Wu walk and a Guo Chen Fan strikeout, catcher Ming Hsun Chang hit an opposite field single into right field, driving in Su. However, Fan was tagged out trying to advance to third on the hit. Nevertheless, Chinese Taipei took a 3:0 lead.
Chinese Taipei sent pitcher Kuo Hao Chiang to close out the game in the bottom of the ninth. After getting the first 2 outs, Chiang allowed a hit by the pitch and 2 consecutive singles to load the bases for Dylan Lechevallier, who singled in a run for France. Chinese Taipei then replaced Chaing with Chun Chieh Wu to try to slam the door on France. Wu got Felix Brown to lift a routine fly ball to center field, but Cheng Tang Wang misjudged the ball allowing 2 runs to score on his error, giving France a 4:3, walk-off win. This is Chinese Taipei’s first loss in the tournament.
Translation by Justin Chen
棒球首戰台灣對上法國，先發棒次為: 1棒三壘手陳重廷 ，2棒中外野手王正棠， 3棒右外野手陳重羽， 4棒左外野手蘇智傑， 5棒二壘手吳桀睿 ，6棒一壘手范國宸， 7棒捕手張閔勛， 8棒指定打擊施冠宇， 9棒游擊手林立 以及先發投手呂彥青。
9下，台灣隊換上江國豪關門，可惜就在2出局後江國豪控球不穩，投出了觸身球保送，接著被接連敲出2安攻占滿壘，前幾次打擊皆無法為法國對立功的Lechevallier Dylan這次敲出左外野安打，幫助法國取得1分，台灣隊選擇換投吳俊杰，法國隊Brown Felix又擊出一支中外野飛球，外野手王正棠接球失誤，滿壘全部都跑了回來，最後法國戲劇性地以4：3逆轉，台灣隊吞下本屆世大運首敗。